Society continually rings its hands at events it would rather not have happened. People get shot, cars have accidents, people get abused and properties are invaded. The perpetrators invariably bear a consequence for their actions.
In their defence evidence is often provided that "circumstances" have arisen that contributed to the perpetrator acting "out of character". Drugs and alcohol are often cited as being the evil that has transformed the person next door into a monster.
The effect is to deflect the blame from one person and to share it with all those who have contributed to the outcome that society has sought to avoid.
There is a reluctance to accept an absolute regard for personal responsibility and the degree of penalty borne by the perpetrator is often a matter of how well the defence lawyer can convince the judicial system of the extent to which the blame can be shifted from their client.
Little wonder that we have inconsistency within sectors of society as to the justice that our legal system is able to afford.
The Roastbusters case highlights society's dilemma. Willie Jackson and John Tamahere have borne the wrath of a nation at their suggestion that the young women affected by the equally young men bore some responsibility for their own actions.
I doubt that there are many ordinary Kiwi couples who could honestly say that alcohol was not an integral part of their initial intimate forays and that many of those moments were merely one night stands.
The memories of those occasions will also be recalled in differing ways by the various genders. Men do tend to brag amd describe them as a score - a notch in their belt - whilst women would rather pretend that nothing had ever occurred.
The crime that the roastbusters have naively engaged in, is to take their scores into the public domain through the social media.
What has been the social norm within the confines of a few mates is still too shocking for the majority of society to openly accept.
The roasties will have to accept blame for trying to stretch society's boundaries.
As technology brings the world closer together I suspect there will be more revelations as to what actually transpires in the real world.
Puritanical myths are under threat but I suspect there will be an increasing awareness that we all have much the same foibles.
After all, we all fart.